There was veritably no work at the office this morning so when a crime was reported at about I seized the opportunity and decided to visit the scene of the crime. Bribery & corruption, though very rarely heard of in public is very rife here among Government Officials. One of the few magistrates who are not open to this interference is one who has his home in a village near
and his vocation in another city. An accused person in a case some time ago
approached the Mag. with a substantial bribe, but as usual he refused it. This annoyed the accused who came from the
same village as the Mag. To get his
revenge he cut off Olive trees belonging to the Mag. and transplanted them in
his own lands. Myself & a Police
Party first visited the Mag’s. Land where we saw two freshly planted trees of
the same age & type as those stolen.
Two others were found in the Accused’s yard, and another planted in his
land some distance away with a further patch of Nablus
It was a lovely morning this morning as I made my way over to the station. After the recent rains the atmosphere tastes clear & clean and free from the summer dusts. All the fields and mountain sides are now covered in a mantle of fresh young green. The journeys by truck are much more pleasant through such country under a clear blue sky and today’s bright, but not hot sun, than in summer under a scorching sun and in clouds of dust.
The animals are beginning to cover their skeleton like summer selves with a more meaty body and no longer rush when they near water. With plenty of food in them the cowsmore content and have time to see to the sleeking of their coats so that they look quite respectable animals now. One never sees Arab cows with heavy udders for they are not bred for milk as the Arabs drink only goat milk. Cows are bread to draw ploughs and for their meat which owing to their hard lives is never very tasty. Sheep are more or less treated as one with goats here the milk of both being drunk in large quantities. They are driven in flock by boys to graze on the mountain sides or off growing crops when the farmer is not near, for there are no hedges built, the land of one man carrying on into the next man’s land. This often is the cause of Fassads between men.
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